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Book Club

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

This season the Book Club will be reading

Thur 16 Dec - Islands of Mercy by Rose Tremain
Thur 20 Jan - Kiss Myself Goodbye by Ferdinand Mount
Thur 17 Feb - TBC
Thur 17 Mar - TBC
Thur 21 Apr - TBC

Suitable for 18+ years.

Spaces are limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Thur 16 Dec, 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 17 Mar, 21 Apr
7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session (includes a glass of wine or soft drink from the bar)

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

other events you may be interested in

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Creative Arts Social Club (online)

Led by professional artists Amelia Pimlott and Caroline Crawford.

Our sociable group for over 65s who want to make art, but just aren’t doing it right now - goes online!

Professional artist Amelia Pimlott leads this creative community with visual artist Caroline Crawford. Explore your arty side, grow in creative confidence, and meet new people!

Run via Zoom with additional ideas for activities to do during the week.


Mon 11 Jan - Mon 7 Feb led by Caroline Crawford
10.30am – 12.30pm
£75.00 for the 5 week term (plus materials)


Mon 21 Feb - 21 March: Painting, Collage and Mixed Media led by Caroline Crawford
Mon 4 April - 2 May: Sculpture led by Amelia Pimlott
10.30am – 12.30pm
£125.00 per 10 week term (including materials)

Painting, Collage and Mixed Media
In these sessions you will be guided through a variety of techniques - collage, charcoal drawing, watercolour painting and mixed media. Sessions will cover a range of subject matter from still landscape and nature study.

Sculpture
Using air drying clay, we will model figures, faces, animals and decorative elements inspired by ancient sculpture both in relief and 3 dimensional form.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Twilight Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk is the visual artist behind Norden Farm's much-loved (and Instagrammed) glass corridor artwork in the school holidays. Join Amanda for this new drawing course, aimed at helping to create a sense of calm and relaxation through drawing patterns.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your drawing abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing experience, rather than the finished drawing.

In each session you'll explore how to produce different types of patterns in abstract drawings - looking at different designs each week.

You will need: paper (plain, no smaller than A5), lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner or a pen. Optional is a black marker.

Tues 11 Jan, 25 Jan, 8 Feb, 22 Feb (4 week course)
Tues 8 Mar, 22 Mar, 5 April (3 week course)
7.30pm - 8.45pm
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course | £21 per 3 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 7pm on the day of each session

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Floral Design Course for Beginners

Led by Kim Wright

This Floral design course for beginners is for those who are new to floral design as well as those with some experience. Kim will guide participants with demonstrations followed by practical work which will give them the confidence to develop their own floral designs each week.

You will be shown how to prepare flowers and foliage, how to create gifts and how to decorate a party, home or just for a pleasure. You will also receive valuable insights on buying flowers, foliage and sundries on the wholesale market.

Wed 12 Jan – 16 Feb
11am – 1pm
£156 for the 6 week course

Additional Information
Please note that the materials are provided for the first class. For subsequent classes participants will need to bring their own Floristry materials such as flowers, foliage, scissors, containers and some other materials each week to be able to create your own floral design. Kim will advise on what's needed each week.

About Kim Wright
Kim has won a number of awards including the 1st prize of Blenheim Palace flower festival 2021. She began sharing her extensive knowledge of floristry and her unique style in workshops three years ago and is excited to offer this bespoke course at Norden Farm. She also dresses weddings, events and church services with her natural look and romantic and elegant flowers. .

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Pet Portraits Using Collage (online)

Led by Helen D Evans

Create a portrait or series of portraits of a a much loved pet over this four week course. The sessions are bite size and are intended for individuals to develop their own work each week and then to carry on in their own time.

No experience required, just enthusiasm!

Week 1
An introduction to collage, making
miniature portraits

Week 2
Drawing your pet and laying the base
colour down

Week 3
Developing your work and making your
it look three dimensional.

Week 4
Finishing off and thinking about the background.

You will need:
A photo or series of photos of your chosen pet
Thick paper, card or a canvas as a base
Pencil and a rubber
A variety of papers: Newspapers, Magazines, Tissue paper, Patterned Paper
Scissors
Scalpel
PVA glue
A brush

Fri 28 Jan, Fri 4 Feb, Fri 11 Feb, Fri 18 Feb
4pm - 5pm
£32 per 4 week course

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Crochet and Rosé

Led by Sophie Keaveney

Do you like to crochet or knit? Join us for a relaxed and creative get together over a drink of your choice.

Suitable for those with experience of crochet / knitting.

Please bring your own project along. Some spare needles and wool will be available.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Wed 12 Jan, 2 Feb, 2 Mar, 13 Apr
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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The Silk Roads: Ancient and Modern (Live streaming)

Four lectures from Dr Paul Wordsworth delve into the origins of the famous Silk Roads and explore the ways in which commerce and travel shaped the cultural connections of a continent.

Presented by WEA Maidenhead Branch and Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE).

Programme
10.15am: Development of the Silk Roads
11.40am: The Sogdian Trading Network
1.40pm: The Silk Roads after the coming of Islam
3.00pm: The Modern Silk Roads

Dr Paul D. Wordsworth is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford specialising in the archaeology of the medieval Caucasus and Central Asia.

Please contact Steph Diggon (weamhead@gmail.com or Tel: 01628 563676) for course materials before and after the event.

Please click here for more information.

Live Stream from the Courtyard Theatre
£39 per household

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (Wed)

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 12 Jan - 9 Feb, Wed 16 Feb - 23 Mar (exc 23 Feb), Wed 30 Mar - 27 Apr
8.30pm – 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Hot Desk at the Farm

Looking for somewhere different to work? Need a break from your usual desk? Rent a co-working space in the 18th century farmhouse at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead.

For £40 per desk per day (+ VAT) you can expect:

• A desk space in a co-working office in a creative environment
• Available from 11am to 10pm Tuesday to Saturday
• Free WiFi
• Free parking and bike racks
• On site Café and Bar – for breaks or business meetings
• Access to tea and coffee making facilities
• 3 workstations available

This is a unique working environment, a place where you can network with other creatives.

There’s on site entertainment every day (cinema, gigs, comedy) and bookable meeting spaces including the atmospheric Long Barn which holds up to 80 people.

So if you need a break from your normal working day, become part of the vibrant community at Norden Farm.

Just book your spot online and turn up!


Covid safety:
Our co-working spaces are located in the Farmhouse. So that the room can be sanitised between each use, the booking cut off for a Hot Desk is 9pm the night before.
Hand sanitiser stations can be found at each entrance to the building and at other points throughout the venue. Please use the sanitiser on arrival.
You can read more Covid safety information here.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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